Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


ONC8008 : Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)

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  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Rev. Bryan Vernon
  • Other Staff: Mr Jan Deckers
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module provides an introduction to Healthcare Ethics, with a particular focus on the issues raised in the treatment and care of patients with cancer and those receiving palliative care. The module aims to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the ethical issues raised in oncology and palliative care.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to health care ethics
– Law, ethics and professional standards 
– Candour 
– Confidentiality 
– Consent 
– Ethical issues in research 
– End-of-life issues including advance directives
- Euthanasia and withholding and withdrawing treatment 
– Complementary medicine 
– Resource allocation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
CategoryActivityNumberLengthStudent HoursComment
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 1 20:00 20:00  
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 12 4:00 48:00 Online content
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 11 1:00 11:00 Supplemental reading
Guided Independent Study Reflective learning activity 10 1:00 10:00  
Guided Independent Study Online Discussion 11 1:00 11:00 Online discussion
Total       100:00  
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The design of the on-line materials encourages students to explore and deepen their understanding of the ethical issues which arise from the provision of cancer/palliative care. The on-line asynchronous discussions focus on issues raised through the completion of weekly activities, reading and reflection. The outcomes of these discussions will not only facilitate networking but also allow students to relate the information to their own experiences and issues in contemporary clinical practice.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Essay 2 M 90 2000 Words
Portfolio 2 M 10 Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative essay encourages critical application of the relevant ethical frame works and professional guidance to a relevant example or scenario from clinical practice.

A participation grade is included to reflect the student's engagement with the collaborative activities included throughout this e-learning module.

Reading Lists

  • Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk